England hockey star Harry Martin heads for World Cup facing a tough examination, on and off the pitch

Harry Martin

Harry Martin - Credit: ffu.nl/Frank Uijlenbroek

World Cup-bound Harry Martin will pursue honours on and off the pitch this summer, as he hopes for a golden double with England.

Martin has been selected to represent his country, alongside fellow former Ipswich School pupil George Pinner, at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup, which begins on May 31 in Holland.

However, University of Nottingham student Martin, who also hopes to be part of coach Bobby Crutchley’s set-up for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July, will have to juggle his hockey commitments with his studies and will be sitting an exam in the middle of England’s World Cup campaign.

“I have got an Industrial Economics exam to sit during the World Cup, which does not fall at a great time and I am pretty much combining my time between hockey and my studies right now,” said Martin, who won a bronze medal at the FIH Hockey World League, in January.

“The university where I am studying is associated with various institutions across the world though and it was just a case of organising it (the exam) with the relevant people.

“I have to take it at the same time as everyone else on my course and luckily it falls on a rest day.”

Martin struggled with injury as he and England missed out in Delhi earlier in the year, the 21-year-old missing two shoot-out shots in the semi-final defeat to New Zealand.

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“I don’t like to dwell on what has gone in the past,” said Martin, who is currently with the England squad in Germany for a series of warm-up games.

“Obviously it was very disappointing but it’s a team game and we are all looking forward to the tournament.

“We have been out to Holland already and seen the (Den Haag) football stadium which we will be playing in, which looks pretty cool.

“The stadium holds 25,000 and I understand it will be pretty close to capacity which will be brilliant.

“I absolutely love the match pressure and playing in front of a great atmosphere really adds to the occasion.”

England are in Pool A with world number one Australia, Belgium, India, Malaysia and Spain, while Korea, Argentina, Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand and South Africa make up Pool B.